Canada-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Trade Agreement Negotiations

Background Information

Discussions towards the negotiation of a possible Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement were announced at the Canada-CARICOM Summit on January 19, 2001, in Jamaica. Following four rounds of exploratory discussions, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced, on July 19, 2007, the launch of negotiations towards a trade agreement between Canada and the Caribbean Community member countries. (See News Release: New initiatives aimed at strengthening Canada's historic relationships with members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)).

Canada is committed to negotiating a modern trade agreement with CARICOM that will take into account differing levels of development, vulnerabilities associated with island states, and trade-related capacity challenges. CARICOM’s Members are: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.